Silencing in the U.S. South: Feminisms’ Intersectional Role in Breaking Through Boundaries

The Feminist Graduate Student Association (FGSA) is extending their deadline for proposal/abstract submissions for their 17th annual Feminist Graduate Student Association’s Symposium at Florida Atlantic University. The theme of the 2016 FGSA conference is “Silencing in the U.S. South: Feminisms’ Intersectional Role in Breaking Through Boundaries” and it will be held on March 4th, 2016.

Our keynote speaker, Dr. LaMonda Horton-Stallings, an Associate Professor in the Department of Women’s Studies at the University of Maryland will speak on “Does the South Still Have Something to Say: Marriage Equality, HIV, and Black Queer Resistance in the New South.”

We invite paper abstracts, complete panel and roundtable proposals on all work pertaining to women and gender issues. We especially encourage those that engage the conference theme to discuss feminism in relation to regional/national social movements and change.

Some suggested topics/approaches for proposals:

• regional/national feminist issues
• contemporary social movements
• social media and social justice
• transgender and sexuality studies
• intersectionality theory and praxis
• women studies and feminist pedagogy
• environmental justice
• self-care, health, and spirituality
• narratives of activism
• reproductive rights and justice
• borders and boundaries
• prison, police, militarism and violence

We invite students to submit individual proposals of 200-300 words that include a brief description of the proposed topic, an explanation of how the topic relates to women scholarship or issues of gender analysis, and a thesis statement. Please include your name, telephone number, email, institutional affiliation, and the title of your paper at the top of the page.

Submissions are now due February 1, 2016. Submissions should detail requests for specific audiovisual equipment, if needed. We also ask that a proposal for a complete panel, roundtable, or workshop include a short description of the central topic, supplemented by brief abstracts of individual speakers’ contributions. Please e-mail abstracts to: FGSA.faufeminists@gmail.com.